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Gertrude Brokenshaw (1890 - 1960)

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Gertrude Brokenshaw
1890 - 1960
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1890
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1960
Mont, Australia
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Gertrude Brokenshaw was born in 1890. She is the child of James Willia Brokenshaw and Emma Hubbard Brokenshaw. She died in 1960 in Mont, Australia at 70 years old.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Gertrude Brokenshaw passed away in 1960 in Mont, Australia at 70 years old. She was born in 1890. She is the child of James Willia Brokenshaw and Emma Hubbard Brokenshaw.
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In 1890, in the year that Gertrude Brokenshaw was born, on June 1st, the U.S. Census Bureau started tabulating census returns with punch cards. Herman Hollerith's "tabulating machine" used punch cards to more quickly compute census information, taking the time to get census results from 8 years in 1880 to 6 years for the 1890 census. Hollerith's company eventually became IBM.

In 1917, at the age of 27 years old, Gertrude was alive when it is believed that a worldwide influenza pandemic began in Asia. By 1920, it is estimated that 50 - 100 million died throughout the world (3 - 5% of the population). In the U.S. alone, 500,000 perished from what came to be called the Spanish Flu or the 1918 flu.

In 1939, she was 49 years old when in May, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length animated film, reached a total international gross of $6.5 million which made it (to then) the most successful sound film of all time. First released in December 1937, it was originally dubbed "Disney's Folly" but the premiere received a standing ovation from the audience. At the 11th Academy Awards in February 1939, Walt Disney won an Academy Honorary Award - a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones - for Snow White.

In 1953, she was 63 years old when on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1960, in the year of Gertrude Brokenshaw's passing, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

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